Kibaki snubs AU head John Kufuor

BBC Radio 4 is now reporting that hopes for a resolution to the Kenyan crisis are fading following remarks by Mwai Kibaki that Kenya’s problems are an internal matter for Kenyans to sort out. A snub to the head of the African Union, Ghanaian President John Kufuor who is expected in Nairobi today and who was planning to bring Kibaki and Odinga to the mediation table.

Earlier in the day Odinga was reported on Deutche Welle news having somewhat moderated his earlier stance to Kibaki in which he said he would not talk to him until he reisigned to now saying that he would not talk to Kibaki without international mediators being present.

Both Odinga and Kibaki earlier accused each other of stoking ethnic tensions in Kenya.

UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon urged restraint while UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has called on Kibaki to respect his commitment to human rights in responding to the demonstrations. Kibaki was asked to ensure that the police be held accountable for their actions and she also urged that journalists be allowed to carry their work out freely.

UPDATE: 21:07 GMT Kufuour’s press office has said the visit to Kenya has been cancelled. No explanation was given.

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